It’s officially Fall even though it still feels like summer here in Texas! Welcoming this new season is a perfect opportunity to expand your hobbies, interests, and get creative with your leisure activities.
While you were addicted, maybe all you did for fun was get drunk or high. Now that you’re sober, there are so many opportunities to try new things, enjoy the nostalgic activities of autumn, and make new friends.
If you’re looking for alcohol and drug-free ways to fill your free time, here are 12 of the best sober activities for fall nights.
- Have a bonfire (with s’mores)
Fall is the perfect time to have a bonfire with friends and delicious gooey s’mores complete the package perfectly. You can also choose to use this time to get to know your sober peers, make new friends, and enjoy some time outdoors. All it takes is a fire pit, some wood, and some s’more ingredients to make it a success.
- Go camping
With cooler weather finally around the corner, it’s an excellent time to grab your tent and go camping for a weekend out under the stars. Whether you head out with a large group of friends or just a few, camping can be a great way to escape the stress of everyday life and enjoy some leisure time with friends.
- Have a scary movie marathon
For lots of us, the spooky fun of Halloween lasts the entire month of October. What better way to celebrate than with a scary movie marathon, featuring the classics like “The Shining” or “Halloween” as well as today’s scariest films. A freshly-popped bowl of popcorn and your favorite cozy sweater are the only things that could make this night in any better.
- Carve pumpkins
Get creative and show off your pumpkin carving skills by making your own jack-o-lantern. Like many of the things on this list, this is a great social activity that you can even turn into a light-hearted competition. Not only is the process of carving a pumpkin challenging and fun, but your finished product can also double as decor for your apartment or house.
- Cook or bake your favorite fall treat
Pumpkin bread, roasted pumpkin seeds, winter squash, apple donuts…these are just a few of the many, many delicious food items associated with fall. If you feel like having a night in on your own, you might enjoy cooking or baking your favorite fall treat. The preparation and cooking process can be therapeutic and there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a delicious dish that also serves up a whole lot of nostalgia.
- Go to your local pumpkin patch
Grab some of your friends and head to your local pumpkin patch for some sober fall fun. Most often, these farms feature all kinds of pumpkins and gourds for sale, provide fall-themed activities like corn mazes and hayrides, and serve delicious fall treats like apple donuts or pumpkin-flavored ice cream.
- Make your own Halloween costume
If you’re planning to dress up for Halloween, why not make your own costume? Spend the evening gathering the materials you need and get to work to make a costume that will be one for the books.
- Go to a corn maze
Head to your local corn maze (haunted or not) and have fun exploring zig-zag trails through massive stalks of corn. Bring a few friends along for the challenge and have fun getting lost while you make your way through the maze.
- Go to a haunted house
If you’re up for a thrill, going to a haunted house is a great way to kick off the fall season and all the Halloween festivities that come with it. This time of year, there are plenty of creepy haunted attractions to choose from so all you have to do is take your pick and be ready for a scare.
- Drink hot chocolate or hot apple cider
Nothing is more relaxing than a cup of hot cocoa or apple cider on a cool autumn night. Whether you choose to unwind with a cup on your own or enjoy it with friends, warm and inviting beverages can help create a welcoming and open environment for conversation and relationship-building.
- Go to a football game
Football season is always a great excuse to hit up a game with some friends. If you’re a college student in recovery, many colleges and universities also offer sober tailgating events where you can enjoy all the perks of college football tailgating without the booze.
- Do a fall craft
Make a fall wreath for your front door, collect pine cones or leaves and display them creatively in your home, or make a handwritten sign to hang for your wall. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be artistic, doing something creative can be a great stress-reliever and an excellent way to pass time, if nothing else.
Fall-themed activities are a great way to ward off boredom and prevent relapse if you’re new to recovery. However, they are no replacement for professional treatment and recovery support for those that need it.
If you’re struggling to stay sober or you’ve recently relapsed, call Eudaimonia Recovery Homes today. We can help you get back on track with individualized support in recovery.